Cian Furlong

Ninety Seconds (2012, Gerard Lough)

Ninety Seconds is so well-paced and so anticlimactic, I worried I fell asleep for the third act. I did not. Writer-director Lough simply lets Seconds run out. While it isn’t perfect, Seconds is impressive.

First, Seconds is a near future movie without special effects. He implies future technology with camera angles and Cian Furlong’s excellent score. Furlong and Lough often make Seconds–a low budget short–feel like Blade Runner.

Second, the economy. Lough’s few scenes all do a lot of work as they play out. They’re long scenes and never boring. Lough keeps the viewer distant from the protagonist, played by Andrew Norry, which proves another good move.

Greg Rouladh both photographs and edits Seconds. Many of its problems stem from the former. The camerawork lacks confidence.

That technical weakness and Claire J. Blennerhassett’s bad performance as Norry’s sidekick hurt Seconds, but it’s still a worthwhile short.

2/3Recommended

CREDITS

Written and directed by Gerard Lough; director of photography, Greg Rouladh; edited by Rouladh; music by Cian Furlong; produced by Lough and Michael Parle.

Starring Andrew Norry (Mark), Michael Parle (Phillips), Claire J. Blennerhassett (Ralfi), Simon Fogarty (Gibson) and Emma Eliza Regan (Elly).


The Stolen Wings (2009, Gerard Lough)

Has any good ever come from digital video being used instead of film? The Stolen Wings suggests no.

Director of photography Greg Rouladh doesn’t know how to light for video, but he also doesn’t know how to light for angles. It’s also director Lough’s fault. He should’ve caught the five or six garish jump cuts.

It’s too bad because Wings has some nice moments. It’s a fairy tale, literally, with some Princess Bride bookends. Instead of Peter Falk, Natasha O’Brien’s reading a story. O’Brien does fine with the narration, but she really shines at the finish when she gets out some difficult dialogue and makes it feel natural.

The fairy tale part should be a lot better… again, it’s video. The effects feel more appropriate for a silent and Lough’s techniques match that tone. But it seems too artificial (the visible Christmas light bulbs don’t help).

Still, Wings isn’t bad.

1/3Not Recommended

CREDITS

Written and directed by Gerard Lough; director of photography, Greg Rouladh; edited by Rouladh; music by Cian Furlong; produced by Lough and Michael Parle.

Starring Natasha O’Brien (Baby Sitter), Sasha Philips (Little Girl), Michael Parle (Wizard) and Michela Parle (Fairy).


The Boogeyman (2010, Gerard Lough)

The Boogeyman seems like it should be better, but maybe only because the short’s deficiencies are so obvious and director Lough’s ambitions so clear.

Lough layers the narrative, using an absurd psychologist appointment as a frame. He really should have watched some “Bob Newhart” for some realism. But his composition is okay and the film’s failings are his responsibility but not his fault.

First, the music. Cian Furlong’s score is laughable. Ringtones are more musically accomplished.

Second is the photography and the editing. Greg Rouladh gets credited for both. He shoots too dark half the time and too bright the rest. Boogeyman almost looks like it was done on half-inch VHS.

As for the editing–well, the sound editing is incompetent.

So why isn’t it worthless?

Lead Simon Fogarty is great. He even gets past the weak expository dialogue and the inherent silliness.

But he can’t save it overall.

1/3Not Recommended

CREDITS

Directed by Gerard Lough; screenplay by Lough, based on a story by Stephen King; director of photography, Greg Rouladh; edited by Rouladh; music by Cian Furlong; produced by Martin Neely and Lough.

Starring Simon Fogarty (Andrew Billings), Michael Parle (Dr. Harper) and Joanne Cullen (Rita).


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